Steve Roach | Dynamic Stillness (2-CD)

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Dynamic Stillness (2-CD)

by Steve Roach

Ambient-electronic pioneer Steve Roach explores the deep end of the pure atmospheric, rhythmless soundscape genre.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Disc One: Birth of Still Places 40:28
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2. Long Tide 19:41
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3. A Darker Light 7:34
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4. Opening Sky 5:06
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5. Disc Two: Nature of Things 8:50
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6. Further Inside 16:58
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7. Slowly Revealed 23:55
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8. Canyon Stillness 23:17
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dynamic Stillness is a vast new work that has progressed over the past three years, evolving in its own time alongside the many other releases that were created and released during this period. The opening for these pieces was accessed through long periods of solitude at Steve’s high desert studio and beyond. This environment was essential for informing the inner breath of this work and revealing a mastery within the art of original sound creation, bold harmonic structures, silence and sonic space. Dynamic Stillness reaches into a realm of amorphous soundworlds filled with a sense of unresolved expansion and mystery, blooming into cloudlike form.
“A moving meditation on the quiet power inherent in vast spaces. Roach has come back around to the slow-motion terraforming of soundworlds that seem to go on forever, pulling skeins of light through layers of cloud to describe gorgeous imaginary landscapes. Reminiscent of the sighing, beatless drifts of Dream Circle and Magnificent Void in its blend of soul-surrounding calm edged with dramatic tension, Dynamic Stillness is Roach at his contemplative best, a sure and silent guide coaxing us to follow him into the endless realms inside ourselves.” - John Shanahan, Hypnagogue

“Mysteriously beautiful, ambient electronic waveforms bridging panorama and parsec. The singularities guiding Roach’s hand are now unquestionable — this is breathtaking stuff.” - Darren Bergstein

“Dynamic Stillness presents ambient-electronic pioneer Steve Roach in the deep end of the pure atmospheric, rhythmless soundscape genre. Across the 2-CD release, amorphous shifting sonics glide in a phenomenal flow, highly cohesive and yet ever-changing. ynamic stillness indeed! These eight long-form tracks (140 minutes in all) undulate softly and slowly, radiating light even as darkness hovers along the edges. It’s an album of subtle pieces, more often than not with emphasis on the stillness as opposed to the dynamics. Disc two’s closing ‘Canyon Stillness’ plays like a dark inversion of ‘Structures From Silence.’ A cold breeze blows through it all like a black mist. After so much softness it makes for a surprisingly chilling, engaging finish.” - Phil Derby, Electroambient Space


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Kristian Persson

Subtle Messages Through A Deserted Landscape!
I have been a long time Steve Roach fan since the beginning of his career, and I have to say that this CD is one of the best out there since the release of 'Structures From Silence'. This is it!

Imagine standing on the top of a mountain, observing the landscapes ahead of you, taking a few deep breaths while listening to this phenomenal CD. Imagine seeing the past, the present and what the future holds. Reach out for the abstract matters of life and try to feel what's close but not touching. Only then you will find the real truth of what life on this planet is all about.

The music on this disc makes dreams into reality before you know it, and it also evokes your deepest inner feelings and let's all your sensations and emotions come to life. At least that's how I felt when I got indulged by this masterpiece!.

The music is mysteriously beautiful, almost like taking the best from both worlds in terms of good and bad, bright and dark. Steve certainly knows how to create imaginary landscapes with slow-motion terraforming structure and rhythmless soundscapes. Think of this album as a slightly darker 'Structures from Silence' and you have a good recipe of what to expect. With it's strong subtle messages, It feels that this CD has more to offer to the listener, a deeper meaning than his previous releases. And the flow of the dramatic sequences that can be heard throughout is simply stunning!. You will be able to explore subtle messages through a deserted landscape in no time.

I consider this album to be a must have in any SR fan's collection. And for those who are not so familiar with Steve Roach, I have only one thing to say to them...You will not be disappointed!

My deepest atmospheric recommendations!!